I loved prunes when I was a child. I wasn’t quite sure what they were, so called them ‘giant raisins’. When we visited my grandparents or had breakfast out, I would always have a bowl; which would cause my dad to raise his eyebrow and ask “how old are you?!” After all, prunes are synonymous with old people (this is perhaps not the place to discuss their ‘benefits’). I still love them now and, as well as trying to bake them into as many cakes and flapjacks as I can, enjoy them for breakfast. You can, of course, stew them just in water, but they absorb the flavour of other fruits and spices when stewed together.
Stewed Prunes with Orange and Cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
Cut the orange in half vertically and then finely slice, peel and all. Place this in a large saucepan with the prunes and cinnamon sticks. Pour over enough water to cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes until the prunes are tender. Once cool, transfer the prunes to the bowl and discard the other ingredients. These taste better when eaten the next day. I served mine with some Greek yoghurt, honey and a few crushed hazelnuts.
Adapted from a recipe by Orangette.